What does the word chirrup mean?

Usage examples for chirrup

  1. Its cry is a loud, quick chirrup. – How I Found Livingstone by Sir Henry M. Stanley
  2. The full white moon was high in the cloudless deep of heaven, and the sounds of the warm summer night were all about their path; the splash of leaping fish, the sleepy chirrup of birds disturbed by some night- wandering creature; the song of the reed- warbler, the persistent churring of the night jar, and the occasional hoot of the owl, far off on some ancestral tree. – Adventures in Criticism by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  3. Two pullets, feathered like a partridge, are creeping stealthily into the dairy, their heads turned knowingly on one side, their steps slow and cautious; not even the faintest chirrup escapes them, lest it be the cause of their instant dismissal. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess